Thanks to the ever-shrinking size of electronics and the continued desire of bad people to take our stuff, cars are no longer the only vehicles that can be fitted with alarms.
Now some modern bikes actually come with a factory-installed alarm, but most bike out there don’t have anything like that. So if you want your significant other (your bike, not your spouse) to make some noise when someone is attempting a kidnapping, then you probably want to invest in something that will do the trick.
Here I’ve looked at some popular, common devices that you can easily add onto any bike to provide a warning when someone tampers with the bike. Many of them will also physically immobilize the bike for a double measure of safety.
I’ve purposefully avoided listing any alarms that have to be permanently attached to the motorcycle or require that you splice into the electrical system. They are a pain in the butt and, frankly, you don’t need them. The only built-in measure that I do recommend is a satellite tracking device and those can only be fitted by a professional dealer, so it’s not relevant to this conversation.
Nope, all of these alarms can be carried around in your bag and attached to your bike whenever you have to leave it alone. If you use a ground anchor and chain at home you can add these alarms to the total setup in order to provide a warning if someone is trying to take the bike. Since most ground anchors and chains are certified to sustain five minutes of attack, the alarm will scare off the thief or alert you long before they have a chance to get the chain broken.
So let’s have a look at these cool little gizmos.